Originally Posted by herm
"The lowest cost of ownership sub-compact possibly available arrives in the form of the Yaris. This is a big deal and especially for the youngest new drivers with scant few bucks to spend. But only if you keep it essentially stripped."
If you keep both cars for 10 years, how does the stripper Versa compare?.. supposedly it can handle 6ft drivers. The looks grow on you also.
The Versa's maintenance costs will eat you alive compared to the Yaris, not to mention the higher fuel consumption. I really like the Versa, but have been disappointed to see it getting worse-than-average to average reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. Although it's at the high end of the range, if I had to purchase a 5-door gas hatchback it would probably be the Matrix, with the Fit coming in second.